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Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 00:54

Cheers for all the top tips and comments, made me smile loads - eeeek, £1 strawberries and £400 eggs.. not to mention looking out for other animals I've not even considered yet! Mind you, as of yesterday I now know what a pea weevil is, as they've taken over from the slugs with destroying my second lot of peas! It's been very educational.

But yes, it is good fun, I love growing lots of tasty veggies for the creatures we share this earth with..    and trying to outwit them in various ways! I hope I just get to taste something at the end. I am also keeping my eyes on skips for wood, wondering if some big warehouses would miss a few wooden pallets if I pinched them,  raiding my partners stash of DIY scraps to build things with.. oh and dreaming of one day maybe having a shed. I have serious shed envy!

I do love it tho, sounds like am moaning, which I am, but hopefully in a more pondering type of way.  It's certainly not what I expected - everyone told me when I took on an allotment last October that it's hard, physical work but I really think that part is a doddle compared to critter war!

Take care folks..

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 11:48

Oh yes, holidays. You can't go away without coming back to a jungle...

It's certainly not cheap, perhaps next year be better, grins.

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 10:38

So... thoughts are for first time having an allotment.. Fun and frustrating, hard work but lovely fresh air, and mainly it costs a fortune!!

Expensive weedkiller when my organic digging out approach doesn't work with couch grass, bindweed and thistles.

Having blackfly & slugs on my beans, so I pay out for bug killer when the soap spray fails and three bags of coarse sand for the slugs

Stopping cabbage fly on my cauli's & sprouts, so I pay out for expensive environment mesh & some poles.

Pay out for some fleece for my carrots to stop the flies.

Stopping slugs generally, pay for pellets then building electric boxes around some veggies and having to buy wood, wire and batteries. Copper tape around bottles to protect young plants.

Strawberries, paying out for netting, poles and straw to stop slugs and birds

Not to mention the cost of compost for the clay soil and more to quickly grow and replace the veggies I'd already grown which was eaten by critters.

 

I think... IF all that's left in the ground works, I may just about break even!

 

Seems that the work of actually digging out allotments and growing is a breeze compared to the cost and work of keeping every critter away from eating my crops!

Great fun tho

onion white rot

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 10:22

Cheers guys.. Yeah, I was just going to throw away the ones that obviously had white rot. I'll try drying any healthy ones indoors and growing them at home next year. 

Barry, I read that it's in the soil for about 15-20 years, so I suspect your plot should've been unused for a long time to get rid! Mine was empty for two until I took over last autumn. I also read that it's pretty much in all allotments in this country    Such a shame.

onion white rot

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 01:26

Wotcha

I was given a few red onions late autumn and grew them over winter, ready for a June/July harvest. Some of them are looking smashing, huge great things. Some of the smaller ones tho are in a bad way - I noticed yesterday that one had fallen over, out of the ground and I spotted some onion white rot - and the same on one I pulled out today just as I was going home from the allotment.

Sadly, my allotment onion growing days are pretty much over already, as there's little point in losing out every year but I was wondering if the larger onions if seem ok are alright to dry and eat later? Or am I being too fussy?! I am going to go on Sunday and pull the lot up and see if any are ok. I think I read somewhere that I can just air dry them - can I do that indoors as we are due more rainy days here down in Essex over the next week. I kinda like the idea of keeping them out of my garden as I may have a go at growing them at home next time and wouldn't want to give the white rot any opportunity to get in my garden.  Any tips be gratefully received!
Thanks.

deformed tomatoes

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 10:50

I think your dad cooking them really is the main cause, they don't like changes in temp - hot or cold. By all means, repot them but that may cause more stress at the moment, but you could give them a bit of food to improve the compost.  I personally would try and keep them moist (not overwatered which can cause same symptoms of curling) and in a steady temp and let them recover. There's no sign of any other disease or pest on them which is great but also points towards environmental problems.

deformed tomatoes

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 08:57

I cannot enlarge the pics to see if there are any yellow spots on the leaves (virus or blight) so presuming there are a nice healthy green then I would say the leaf curling is down to too much heat and/or moisture loss.

Disaster

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 09:23

Is there any way you can move the decent ones that aren't nibbled? Just wondered if you could move and then cover with a fleece. I've put in brussels and some cauli's this week, but I've used cabbage collars on the stems of the cauli's and covered the whole lot with either fleece or a fine mesh to stop the cabbage fly.  Just thought you may be able to save the rest? Worth a try?

Runner beans -slug midnight feast!

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 17:39

Ceres, and Frank Davidson  I just wanted to say thanks for the bottle tip and the electric wire tips.  I used the bottles on my sweetcorn, and not only did it protect it from the slugs, but they've romped ahead in their own mini greenhouse! An added bonus and something I will do every year now - have had 3 complements from other allotment holders and I've credited you, grins. I think there will be others doing the same next year

And Frank Davidson, I've used the electric fences around my second lot of peas (the first got eaten beforehand) and my brussel sprouts and french beans - both have been nibble-free so far, thankyou, ace stuff.

Ants

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 22:34

You could use ant powder underneath the pot, rather than in it. Ants sometimes look for making a nest in pots. Watering plants well can help put them off it but I find powder underneath more effective in my garden (so many ants!).

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